Morris to step down in Glam reshuffle
HUGH Morris has stepped down as Glamorgan director of cricket after five years in the role as the county undergo a reshuffle.
Morris will focus on increasing his duties as chief executive after an independent review of Glamorgan’s season demanded changes at the welsh county.
The search now begins for a replacement as director of cricket, with Morris remaining at the club.
“With the disappointing performances on the pitch this season and the need to spread my time more evenly across the business, it has been decided to split the chief executive and director of cricket roles at the Club,” said Morris.
“Next year we have four Cricket World Cup matches at Sophia Gardens, as well as an IT20 match, followed by the ECB’s new competition in 2020 and the new international calendar.
“We are also working with Cricket Wales on developing a strategy for cricket in Wales to grow the game across the country. I thoroughly enjoyed my time in the position but this is the right time for myself and the Club to bring in someone with a fresh perspective to lead the department and bring success to Glamorgan on the field.”
The independent review, conducted by high performance consultant Huw Bevan, formerly of the Dragons and Welsh Rugby Union, is expected to bring further changes at Glamorgan in the near future.
■ Joe Root claims England are ready to banish the notion they are vulnerable against ‘mystery spin’ by taming Sri Lanka in their own conditions.
England have long been seen as a soft touch for top spinners and weak on turning conditions in the sub-continent, a reputation which was fairly earned over the years.
But much has changed about their one-day side in the past three years and Root believes the ongoing tour, which began with a washout and continues with today’s second ODI in Dambulla, offers a chance to explode another myth.
To do so they will need to conquer Akila Dananjaya – who mixes up off-breaks, leg-spin and googlies - and the left-arm wrist spin of Lakshan Sandakan.
Dinesh Chandimal talked up the pair’s unpredictability on the eve of the series but Root is confident about the challenge ahead.
“Every bowler you’ve never faced before is mystery, because you don’t know what you’re going to get,” he said.
“But, as a batter, it’s very easy to build things up, to over-anticipate how things will go. Most importantly you have to play what’s in front of you.